The US Open finalists from 2012 Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will square off against each other in a highly anticipated quarter-final this year after recording straight sets victories in the fourth round of the American Grand Slam event.
The World no. 1 Serb has been performing exceptionally well in the first week of the tournament and was also quick out of the blocks today on Louis Armstrong Stadium as he marched to a 5-0 lead against Philipp Kohlschreiber and wrapped up the opener a couple of games later. A more than competitive second set followed in which the 22nd-seeded German held a set point at 5-4, but he spilled the chance and was immediately punished by Novak who broke in the subsequent game before moving two sets clear. The final outcome of the match would be decided early on in the set three by the reigning Wimbledon titlist breaking in the opening game and gifting the rival no opportunities to claw back. He won 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 after just over two hours of tennis to land the 22nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final spot. Nole lifted his single Flushing Meadows trophy in 2011.
The eighth seed British champion looked more dangerous than Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the early stages of their last 16 encounter on Arthur Ashe Stadium, yet the highest-ranked Frenchman rescued three break points by 2-2. The first set then progressed on serve all the way until 6-5 when Andy earned a pair of break and set points and converted in second attempt. The set two contained even more drama as the ninth-seeded Le Mans native went 4-2 up, but ran out of steam after that and allowed the Scotsman to turn the tide and seal another set thanks to a twelfth-game break. The third set followed practically an identical script with the recent Toronto Masters title holder breaking through in the opening game, but losing focus later on to let the rival back into the set. The latter created a triple set point against the serve following a fine backhand winner and waited for Tsonga to seal his own fate two rallies later by sending a shot behind the baseline. Murray took this one 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 and will try to improve on the 8-12 head-to-head deficit versus Djokovic in the upcoming quarter-final blockbuster.